updated 07/16/2010 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/16/2010 AT 9:30 AM ET
He had his day in court, and now John Stamos is criticizing the liars that conspired to extort $860,000 from him on the Internet.
“I am shocked and perplexed how individuals could fabricate so many false stories in an effort to defend a crime,” Stamos said in a statement via his Twitter account Friday. “I agreed to be a witness for a federal criminal prosecution and endured countless false accusations about my behavior and appropriateness. The allegations made regarding an inappropriate relationship are completely untrue. These slanderous allegations to smear my reputation were part of their defense to redirect attention away from the federal crime of extortion.”
Michigan couple Allison Coss and Scott Sippola were found guilty Thursday of extorting Stamos, 46. They told the actor they had photos of him with cocaine and strippers that they would sell to the tabloids. Federal prosecutors said they never had the compromising pictures.
Stamos concurred, writing: “There was no hot tub, no drugs, no nudity and nothing sexual in nature involved in my friendship with this woman. They lied about everything from a pregnancy to compromising photos.”
The couple, currently awaiting sentencing, were convicted of conspiracy and using e-mail to threaten a person’s reputation. The charge carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.